French actor Eva Green had signed up to star in a science fiction production A patriot until producers White Lantern Films canceled the film in 2019. Green sued the production company over his €918,000 fee, but White Lantern Films countered, claiming his behavior had led to the film’s cancellation .
Now, the High Court in London has ruled in Green’s favor, with Judge Michael Green saying the actor was entitled to her £810,000 (€918,000). He denied the counterclaim.
“SM. Green has not waived his obligations under the Artist Agreement; nor has he committed any repudiatory violation,” the judge said.
Like us previously reported, this led to the production company releasing text messages sent by Green to portray her as a diva. In them, she called one team member “bad”, “a sneaky sociopath” and “a liar and a nut”, as well as calling production manager Terry Bird “a moron” and “a complete asshole”. She also allegedly called the crew “peasant shit … from Hampshire”.
In late January, Green’s lawyers responded that it was a tactic to “damage his reputation” and that the Casino Royale the actor had signed on with good intentions and was doing his best to save the film.
“When an actor has appeared in a B-movie, they’re labeled a B-actor, you’re never offered quality work again,” Green said. “I never wanted this to be a B movie, but I realized towards the end that it was going to happen.”
He went on to refer to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when a prop gun was allegedly fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust last year. His stunt training for A patriot it was reduced in a cost-saving measure from four weeks to five days.
“You can’t make a quality film by cutting corners,” said Green. “Look what happened with Alec Baldwin in the movie Rust, the producers were cutting corners, no security measures and a young woman was killed.”
He also responded to the allegations about the dramatic tone of his lyrics. “It’s my frankness that comes out sometimes,” she said.